Friday, July 1, 2016

Genesee River Wilds cuts ribbon on newest venture in Wellsville

Senator Cathy Young (L) and Bill Hart (R), President of Genesee River Wilds, cut the ribbon on the new information Kiosk and river access point in Wellsville

"It started as a conversation." That's what Bill Hart, president of Genesee River Wilds (GRW), told those attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. Just after 11 a.m., the nonprofit believers in the Genesee River officially opened a new information kiosk and boat/canoe access point at the Riverwalk Plaza in Wellsville. Unscripted and unplanned, as the announcement was made, a man paddled down the Genesee River. The Wellsville site is now the fifth location for easy access to the Genesee River. Hart said the groups past and future efforts will make the river and region, a "recreational superhighway." Senator Cathy Young, who said she grew up along the banks of the Genesee River, told the crowd Friday, "it only makes sense to maximize your assets."
Harmon Smith,  a GRW board member, said the group just wants to create "a safe place" to enjoy the park, eat lunch, and canoe" down the river. He said there are "lots of what's next," planned. That sentiment was echoed by Wellsville Mayor Judy Lynch, who said the Genesee River is a "big part of future plans" in Wellsville...hinting about a 'major project' in the future.
Allegany County Legislator Kevin LaForge of Wellsville said he was "honored to the ribbon-cutting." He said during his business travels, he always sees cars parked at the other GRW access points along route 19.
In another unplanned moment, Brad Whitford, of The L.C. Whitford Company, which owns the plaza, said his company will officially sponsor the new access point.
During his remarks, Bill Hart also told (Mayor) Judy Lynch that she will be Mayor "of a major hub" as development continues.
You can learn more about Genesee River Wilds, how to become a member and to publicly or privately donate, by clicking HERE.
Sen. Young addresses those gathered at the ribbon-cutting
Allegany County Legislator (C-Wellsville) congratulates Genesee River Wilds on the Wellsville addition
Wellsville Mayor Judy Lynch says there is a "large project" regarding the river in the future
Stakeholders smile after the ribbon-cutting